PARC have been selected by the East Japan Railway Company (JR-East) to implement its hybrid condition-based maintenance approach, which combines system modelling and data analytics.
Traditional maintenance methods practiced by most companies in the industry are schedule-based. The innovative condition-based maintenance approach being used by PARC and the East Japan Railway Company means that through sensors and advanced data analytics, maintenance operations are performed on the basis of the actual condition of the assets. This innovative technology has the potential to render service disruptions due to component wear and depletion as a thing of the past, and to maximise operational efficiency to new levels.
PARC’s CBM technology works by placing embeddable sensors into systems in a non-invasive manner to monitor the system state. The data collected by the sensors is fed into system models allowing for the development of a detailed understanding of how the system works and fails, enabling fast development of algorithms to detect abnormal operations.
The East Japan Railway Company are implementing the system to reduce maintenance costs, as growth has decreased in Japan due to population decrease.
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